Nick commences with blackmailing 3/4 of Salem, and it works for a while. He gets lead position at MadWorld and 50% of its stock, along with all of the profit he was owed from the formula EJ stole from him. He also forces Gabi to leave town without Arianna, and Sami to dump EJ and move out with the kids so they can feel what it's like not to be with the people they "love" the most...you know, like how he thinks he feels.
In the meantime, Theresa is exposed and Daniel and Jennifer get back together. Afraid their relationship won't last through another Jen tantrum, they rush to the Justice of the Peace to get married so they can say they did, then take the ferry to Smith island for their honeymoon. While there, a nameless, psychotic mountain MAN falls upon them, slaughters them, eats them, and makes winter coats and boots for himself from their hides.
At this point, Nick demands to see EJ on the island where he threatens EJ that if he tries to get Sami back he'll expose Cabin Puke 2014 with his little photo album, as well as his new video of a recent shower molestation.
On his way back to the Bat boat, EJ is attacked by mountain man but EJ knocks him out, ties him up. After he finds all the carnage, he calls his men in to clean it up and throws the guy in the boat and heads for home.
After a shave, cut and bath, mountain man is revealed to be Jack Deveraux. PTSD untreated all this time, he's beyond help or "reprogramming" in his current psychotic state, so EJ starves him for a bit and takes him back to the island and hides him in the Horton cabin. Then he calls Nick and asks for another meeting. Unbeknownst to him, Sami has decided to take a weekend at the cabin to be alone. When she arrives, psycho Jack kills and eats her too. Nick heads to the cabin but goes missing again. When Sami never returns, Lucas...the only person who knew she was going to be at the cabin, finds her remains. Psycho Jack is later captured, Marlena actually does some work, EJ blames himself and, of course, the entire Horton family for producing Nick to begin with and we see some Emmy winning James Scott performances as he nuts out all over the town. Abby thinks she can "save" him...that poor girl...and she tries, until he roars at her that he only slept with her the first time because he wanted to keep her from talking to Hope after all, and that he only did it the second time because he was hadn't had any from Sami yet and knew she'd put out. She thinks he's lying until Nick pops back up and let's her know everything that happened from his release through Sami's death. Abby realizes just how bad of a man EJ really is, then grows up finally and is forced to deal withe fact that her father ate her mother. A refreshing change from pretending to sleep with a married guy when she hasn't, being unable to choose a dude, or pretending not to have slept with a taken guy when she has.
At the very end, EJ learns that Stefano created psycho Jack by capturing him and trying to reprogram him just after the Daysaster, but it went awry and Jack escaped. He also learns Stefano paid Nick to fake his own death and put everyone under his thumb.
Just so he could convince Kate to have dinner with him.